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In many personal injury lawsuits, the issue of contributory negligence may be raised. Contributory negligence is the negligent conduct on the part of the injured party that contributes to the negligence of defendant(s) in causing the damage. truck4

Every state has a different take on how contributory negligence should affect a plaintiff’s ability to recover damages. Some don’t allow plaintiff to collect any damages even if they are just 1 percent at-fault. Most follow a system where plaintiff’s can collect damages so long as his or her negligence doesn’t exceed that of defendant(s).

Florida is perhaps one of the most liberal in this regard because it allows plaintiff to collect even if he or she is 99 percent at fault for what happened. This is known as the “pure comparative fault rule,” and it’s followed by a dozen states. The rule requires plaintiff’s damages to be reduced by his or her own percentage of fault. So if a plaintiff is 99 percent to blame, he or she can only collect 1 percent in damages.  Continue reading

Officials with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) have been working to target aggressive car and truck drivers.  During the “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks” (TACT) campaign, officials are on the lookout for aggressive driving, particularly violations that involve commercial trucks or dangerous behavior that occurs around tractor-trailers.

Motorists are at a strong disadvantage when up aga609764_playing_it_safeinst large, commercial vehicles.  These trucks can be up to 80 feet in length and can weigh many tons.  These trucks can take about 40 percent longer to come to a complete stop than our smaller vehicles.  For these reasons, it’s important that we all cooperatively share the road.

Our Broward trucking accident lawyers understand that there were about 645 accidents on Florida roadways each and every day in 2012.  In these accidents, there were close to 2,500 fatalities — 20 of those fatalities involved medium/heavy trucks (more than 10,000 pounds).  There were also more than 400 injuries sustained in these accidents.  And many of them were preventable.

One of our greatest dangers while traveling near tractor-trailers is the risk of underride. This is the problem we face in accidents with these big rigs when our vehicles slide right up underneath them. On an encouraging note, these trailers have become more effective in decreasing risks with stronger underride guards. But are they strong enough?

According to officials with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the guards on these trucks are helping to eliminate these risks when you slam into the back of a trailer. But they’re not effective when your vehicle is involved in a collision with only a small portion of the truck’s rear. This is when most trailers fail to prevent potentially fatal underride.

Our Broward trucking accident attorneys understand that not all semis are required to have an underride guard. You may be familiar with these guards — they’re the bars that hang from the bottom of trailers to help to keep passenger vehicles from sliding underneath these trucks in the event of an accident. According to earlier studies, the minimum requirements for these guards weren’t enough. These studies prompted officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to tighten up regulations back in 2011. But safe driving advocates aren’t happy just yet, as they’re continuing to push for these guards on even more types of trucks — like dump trucks.

Cool it behind the wheel!

If you don’t do it to avoid a costly citation, then do it to save your life.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), law enforcement officers throughout the state of Florida will be participating in the “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks” safety campaign. During this time, officers will be on the hunt for car drivers and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behaviors. According to the latest statistics, more than 85 percent of accidents that involve these vehicles are caused by driver error.

After a recent traffic accident on Cocoanut Row, located just north of Pendleton Lane, a commercial truck driver found himself in the St. Mary’s Medical Center with some serious and life-threatening injuries.

The driver reportedly crashed into a utility pole. The power line wound up lying across the road. It all happened around 2:00 p.m., according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Emergency responders were notified by two separate drivers about the man in the accident. Reports indicate that the callers witnessed a driver speeding southbound on Cocoanut Row and slamming into a pole. Emergency response teams were delayed in rescuing the truck driver by the downed power lines. They were however, able to get to him after officials with Florida Power & Light (FPL) eliminated the risks. Power was cut off to residents in the area. Traffic was rerouted for a short while after the accident.

The Florida Highway Patrol is launching “Operation Safe Driver as officials begin a long season of traffic-safety efforts aimed at reduce year-end holiday travel risks.

The week-long program aims to bust drivers of both commercial and non-commercial vehicles who have little or no regards for highway safety, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

From the 14th to the 20th of October, law enforcement officers across the state will be pushing this nationwide campaign. The ultimate goal is not only to get drivers to practice safer habits behind the wheel around commercial vehicles, but to get the drivers of those commercial vehicles to be safe, too!

After an accident in West Palm Beach with three other vehicles, a semi-truck sat in a nearby canal until it could be rescued by officials.

According to News Channel 5, the trucking accident happened near Mayfair Drive and Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. Captain Albert Borroto, a spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, says that one person was transported to Palms West Medical and treated for various injuries.

Officials say that there is no known contamination or any other environment concerns resulting from the semi landing in the canal. Officials are working to remove the truck from the canal and are continuing to investigate the accident.

While a spilled log truck on Hwy. 97 in Escambia slowed traffic for hours on Monday, the two-vehicle accident thankfully resulted in no serious injuries for either driver, NorthEscambia.com reports.

But a dumped load of heavy logs that spread across the highway and into a homeowner’s yard — and a rolled and twisted trailer frame — illustrate just how dangerous and potentially deadly a South Florida trucking accident can be.

With 20 years of experience representing hundreds of South Florida accident cases, trucking accident attorneys with the Hollander Law Firm know how to fight for the rights of their clients against large national trucking operations, insurance companies and corporations.

A 2008 NHTSA report indicates that 11 percent of all reported traffic fatalities in the U.S. involved large trucks, claiming 4,229 lives and causing injury to 90,000 passengers, drivers and pedestrians. More than 70 percent of those killed or injured in collisions involving large trucks are occupants of other vehicles.

Road Safe America, an organization dedicated to reducing the number of motorists involved in accidents with semis and large commercial trucks, is urging Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a measure that would allow heavier trucks on Florida roads.

Florida semi accidents
continue to pose a serious threat to motorists. In Florida, 269 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents in 2008. Only Texas (421) and California (304) had more deadly trucking accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nationwide, 380,000 trucking accidents killed 4,229 people and injured more than 90,000.

Road Safe America rightly questions why, in the face of those sobering statistics, the state would have passed a measure permitting trucks to add 8,000 pounds of weight –equal to the weight of two passenger cars — to the 80,000 pounds already permitted by law. A semi can weight as much as 20 times more than a passenger car and motorists don’t stand a chance in the event of an accident.

“Floridians must ask themselves ‘Who benefits from Governor Crist’s raising the weight limit?’” Road Safe Executive Director Tom Hodgson said. The organization said trucks already take up to three-times longer to stop and increasing the weight, without requiring additional axles or braking capabilities, will only increase the risk of Florida trucking accidents.

The Florida Coalition for Safe Highways is also pushing the governor to veto the measure, as is the Florida Safety Council.

Several recent high-profile semi accidents in South Florida offer a stark reminder of the dangers large commercial trucks pose to motorists on the road.

In Florida, semis can legally weight 80,000 pounds — a primary reason why South Florida trucking accidents are most often fatal for other motorists involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer or other large commercial truck.

Last week, a 14-year-veteran of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office was killed in a fiery crash in Lehigh Acres, after his pickup truck was struck by an 18-wheeler, according to The News-Press of Fort Myers.